The other day, my friend spent almost thirty minutes of her precious and valuable time trying to get the perfect picture taken for her Instagram. She finally did get it. It showed her a lovely floral sundress, her hair whipping in the wind accompanied by the biggest smile I had seen in days.
After seeing the picture, I expected her to say something about how good she looks. I would have taken it if she said ANYTHING along those lines. If you guessed that she didn’t do anything according to my expectations, congrats, you’re catching up!
Instead, she says with a smirk, “He’s going to burn”.
The thing is that she had broken up with her boyfriend of a year and a half, and after a week of uncontrollable sobbing, screeching at the sight of sunlight and few too many hours at the gym, this picture was her way of “winning the breakup”.
She wanted everyone to see that she got over him just like that, that she was very capable of moving on and that her life is always perfect. It is perfect even though the person she couldn’t survive without a few months ago is completely out of her life.
The reality, the truth is that she was not even close to alright. She had to take double of her normal therapy sessions. She wasn’t yet used to sleeping alone and woke up with nightmares three times in the past week. Her life was completely moved out of it’s monotonous pace.
The important thing though is “Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know”.
You just cannot let anyone know how messed up your life is.
I’m guilty of behaving that way too, I think, most of us are.
This almost competitive way of managing social media sets unrealistically high standards. It is as if the goal of social media is to show how much more superior you are than everyone else. I feel like we all lose a tiny bit of our unique personality every time we fight our way up the social ladder by obeying these standards.
Lastly, no, I’m not telling you to post nude pictures.
Well, maybe you should, but make sure it’s tasteful. Also, Mayfair is said to be the most liked filter.
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